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    Dear All,

    I have problem that i cannot running notepad.
    The problem was start when the PC Infected by st4r virus. I already clean the virus manually, all system seems running well but the problem i cannot run notepad with error
    "The system cannot find the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe,
    But if i changed to other name beside notepad.exe the application can run, i wonder any one can help me how to fix this problem ?

    Thx & Regards,

    Ariyanto

  • #2
    Re: The system cannot find the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe

    Ariyanto,

    If one of my machines had a vius the first this I would do is rebuild it. I understand you have managed to remove it but you dont know what damage it's done.

    Was wordpad working fine before you were infected?
    If you search can you find notepad.exe can you find it anywhere?
    Have you looked in c:\windows\ as I believe notepad.exe is in c:\windows and c:\windows\system32

    I would definately consider looking into rebuilding the box.

    Michael
    Michael Armstrong
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    • #3
      Re: The system cannot find the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe

      Thx for ur post,

      notepad.exe are located at c:\windows and c:\windows\system32 and c:\windows\system32\dllcache. and i already check the path also pointed to c:\windows and c:\windows\system32. Yes It can run before infected by virus. I already expand notepad.ex_ from XP CD sp2 and copy it to both folder. Still not working... I already delete notepad.exe and system create automatically the file, the result was with the same error

      Any Idea...?

      Thx & Regards,

      Ariyanto

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      • #4
        Re: The system cannot find the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe

        Originally posted by tukang_ojeg View Post
        Yes It can run before infected by virus
        On that comment I would rebuild the PC, as I said before, you dont know what damage the virus has done to your PC already. Best to start with a clean build

        Michael
        Michael Armstrong
        www.m80arm.co.uk
        MCITP: EA, MCTS, MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003: Messaging, CCA, VCP 3.5, 4, 5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, ITIL, MCP, PGP Certified Technician

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        • #5
          Re: The system cannot find the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe

          Problem Resolved....

          It still pointed to virus file at registry

          HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Window NT\Current Version\Image FIle Execution Options\notepad.exe

          Leave it default by delete the registry notepad.exe

          Hope this can help others

          Thx & Regards,

          Ariyanto

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          • #6
            Re: The system cannot find the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe

            Originally posted by tukang_ojeg View Post
            Problem Resolved....

            It still pointed to virus file at registry

            HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Window NT\Current Version\Image FIle Execution Options\notepad.exe

            Leave it default by delete the registry notepad.exe

            Hope this can help others

            Thx & Regards,

            Ariyanto
            My point exactly about rebuilding the PC but it's your choice!

            Michael
            Michael Armstrong
            www.m80arm.co.uk
            MCITP: EA, MCTS, MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003: Messaging, CCA, VCP 3.5, 4, 5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, ITIL, MCP, PGP Certified Technician

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            • #7
              Re: The system cannot find the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe

              In the time you have taken to discuss this issue on these forums, you could have rebuilt the PC 4 or 5 times over and taken an image for future use.

              Michael's advice is excellent and should be seriously considered.
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